Luzyanin sentenced to four and a half years in prison

As reported in The Guardian on 9 November 2012, opposition activist Maxim Luzyanin has been sentenced by a Moscow court to a four and a half year prison term for participating in “mass unrest” in the Bolotnaya Square protest on 6 May 2012 against the election of Vladimir Putin as Russian President for an unprecedented third term.

This is the first time that an opposition activist has been handed down a severe prison sentence. Opposition leaders fear that this could mark the start of a new trend to any challenges to the current regime.


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